The York Comprehensive High School junior varsity softball team continued its torrid pace Saturday by winning the North Central JV tournament at Kershaw.
The JV Lady Cougars began by steamrolling Richland Northeast 17-3 with a 12-hit attack and solid pitching by Emily Necklen and Brittany Ervin. York then shut out Ridgeview 9-0 in the second game.
In the championship game against Buford, York’s Makala Love drove Meg McGarity home with the game’s first run. Buford pushed a run across the plate to tie the game in the second inning.
In the final inning, the Cougars’ Hallie Philbeck led off with a base hit. After Love reached on a base hit, Samantha VanCamp delivered a clutch hit to score Philbeck.
Emalee Smith followed with a line drive that sent Love across the plate. Charday Leonard’s base hit scored VanCamp, staking the Lady Cougars to a 4-1 lead.
Buford threatened in the bottom of the final inning. With runners at first and third, the next batter hit the ball to third, where Necklen threw her out.
With the runner from third attempting to score, Destini Love made a perfect throw to the plate, where VanCamp tagged the runner out.
“Buford loaded the bases with two outs and our defense held strong and got the last out for the 4-1 win,” said JV head coach Lynn Leake.
The York junior varsity previously had defeated Lancaster 6-5 in a game the week of the Kershaw tournament. Lancaster had runners in scoring position in the last inning, but the Lady Cougars got the last out to preserve the win.
Rachel Gilbert was the winning pitcher; VanCamp led the offense with two hits, with Love and McGarity each hitting safely.
The York JV defeated South Pointe 9-2 on Friday, with Brittany Ervin picking up the win and her teammates combining for eight hits.
The York JV will host a tournament beginning 9 a.m. Saturday at the YCHS softball complex.